About Us

Craft Meadery & Tap Room in Middletown

Bergen House in Middletown, CT’s newest and best source for low ABV, sparkling mead, and much more. We are proud to be here in Connecticut.
Visit us soon to enjoy delicious, refreshing mead! Come in, take a seat and start working your way through our menu – you’re sure to find something you like.

Our Story

Owners Talon and Emilie Bergen just celebrated their thirteenth wedding anniversary. While Talon has been brewing beer since 2011, Emilie has always hated beer. In 2015, a friend of theirs gave them a bottle of mead. They expected it to be overly sweet, but they were wrong! They discovered that mead can be dry… since most commercial mead is still overly sweet. Ours isn’t, but we are a little countercultural in that aspect. The first mead Talon made was apple mead. It was accidentally 20% ABV and tasted like a drinking fire. Thankfully, after a few months, the fire kind of mellowed out, and after a year, it was pretty good. Talon tried to make some others, and slowly it became our favorite drink. It’s a little disappointing that we can’t drink it when we are out! We want to change that. When we decided to start a meadery in 2017, we were making at least a batch a week. It was a lot of work, but we learned a lot along the way. As we experimented, our product has evolved. Our product is now 5-11% ABV, sparkling, and insanely refreshing. We serve it as an alternative beverage to anything else available on the market, and we know you’ll love it!

What is Mead?

Mead is wine made from honey, water, and yeast. For those who make mead, we know it is so much more than that. Mead makers add cherries, we add hops, we add ginger, caramelize our honey, and the list goes on and on. Bergen House focuses on making mead that is lower in alcohol content and can be enjoyed as a beer alternative. We know that beer is not for everyone, some people don’t like cider, and most importantly, this is one hell of a drink. It’s delicious, refreshing, and super approachable. Find out more about mead by calling us today! Better yet, visit us in person and try it for yourself!